The Lover

The Lover (1992)

She gave her innocence, her passion, her body. The one thing she couldn't give was her love.

  • Genre: Drama, Romance
  • Release Date: 1992-01-22
  • User Rating: 6.9/10 from 498 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 55min
  • Language: 普通话
  • Production Company: Renn Productions
  • Production Country: France, United Kingdom, Vietnam
  • Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud
star 6.9/10
From 498 Ratings


A poor French teenage girl engages in an illicit affair with a wealthy Chinese heir in 1920s Saigon. For the first time in her young life she has control, and she wields it deftly over her besotted lover throughout a series of clandestine meetings and torrid encounters.


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  • Jane March

    as The Young Girl
  • Tony Leung Ka-fai

    as The Chinaman
  • Frédérique Meininger

    as The Mother
  • Arnaud Giovaninetti

    as The Elder Brother
  • Melvil Poupaud

    as The Younger Brother
  • Lisa Faulkner

    as Helene Lagonelle
  • Jeanne Moreau

    as Narrator
  • Xiem Mang

    as The Chinaman's Father
  • Philippe Le Dem

    as The French Teacher
  • Ann Schaufuss

    as Anne-Marie Stretter
  • Tania Torrens

    as The Principal
  • Espérance Pham Thai Lan

    as Femme
  • Hélène Patarot

    as The Assistant Mistress
  • Yvonne Wingerter

    as The Writer (beginning)
  • Raymonde Heudeline

    as The Writer (end)
  • Quach Van An

    as The Driver
  • Do Minh Vien

    as The Young Boy
  • Frédéric Auburtin

    as Liner Pianist
  • Alido H. Gaudencio

    as Anne-Marie Stretters Driver
  • Vu Dinh Thi

    as Ferry Captain
  • Truong Thu

    as Bus Driver
  • Thi Cam Thuy Nguyen

    as Bride
  • Lu Van Trang

    as Bus Controller
  • Vu Kim Trong

    as Young Girls Coolie
Writing Jean-Jacques Annaud Screenplay
Directing Jean-Jacques Annaud Director
Writing Gérard Brach Screenplay
Camera Robert Fraisse Director of Photography
Production Timothy Burrill Co-Producer
Sound Gabriel Yared Original Music Composer
Editing Noëlle Boisson Editor
Art Hoang Thanh At Production Design
Production Claude Berri Producer
Writing Marguerite Duras Novel
Costume & Make-Up Yvonne Sassinot de Nesle Costume Design
Art Olivier Radot Art Direction
Production Jacques Tronel Co-Producer
Sound Jennifer Patrick Vocal Coach